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Downtown Washington D.C., DC

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Downtown Washington D.C. showing street scenes, a city and night scenes

Art galleries, museums and theaters as well as vibrant entertainment, nightlife and shopping districts await in this city center neighborhood.

Downtown Washington D.C. is an urban city center neighborhood where people live, play and work. It’s a clean, safe and walkable area with wide avenues and tree-lined pavements. In Downtown Washington D.C. you’ll discover some of the city’s best galleries and museums, eclectic restaurants and bustling nightlife. Watch sporting events, attend star-studded concerts and relax in leafy parks.

Art and history enthusiasts are spoiled for choice in Downtown Washington D.C. Retrace the history of American architecture, design and urban planning at the National Building Museum. Interact with the hands-on displays and inspect the photography exhibitions at the National Geographic Museum. Visit the galleries of the National Archives Museum and see a celebration of women’s art at the National Museum of Women in the Arts.

Find more museums in the Penn Quarter, including the International Spy Museum and Marian Koshland Science Museum. Admire presidential portraits at the National Portrait Gallery and a showcase of national art at Smithsonian American Art Museum. Catch a performance at the Ford’s Theater and Shakespeare Theatre Company or spot celebrity waxwork models at Madame Tussaud’s Washington D.C. Watch concerts by famous acts or basketball and ice hockey matches at the Verizon Center.

Stroll through Chinatown, where Asian shops and restaurants share the streets with lively pubs and nightclubs. Check out the Friendship Archway, a Chinese gateway decorated with a multi-tiered roof and around 270 painted dragons.

Go to Lafayette Square, from where you can catch a glimpse of the iconic White House. Like nearby Farragut Square, Franklin Square and McPherson Square, it’s a great place to sit and watch the world go by.

Downtown Washington D.C. is served by six metro stations, which provide access to the city’s five Metrorail lines. It’s also one of the city’s most bike-friendly neighborhoods.

Visit the official websites of the Downtown Washington D.C.’s galleries and museums for admission fees, opening times and event schedules.


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Hotel Harrington
Hotel Harrington
3 out of 5
436 11th Street NW, Washington, DC
The price is $100 per night from Aug 19 to Aug 19
Located in Downtown Washington D.C., this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Ford's Theater and Capital One Arena. Smithsonian Institution and White House are ...
3.5/5Good! (1,691 reviews)
"Location"

Reviewed on Jul 29, 2021

Hotel Harrington
Courtyard by Marriott Washington Downtown/Convention Center
Courtyard by Marriott Washington Downtown/Convention Center
3 out of 5
901 L Street NW, Washington, DC
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $134 per night from Aug 12 to Aug 12
Located in Downtown Washington D.C., this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Ford's Theater, and Capital One Arena. ...
4.4/5Excellent! (981 reviews)
"Check in was quick and precise! The 24 hr convenience mart in the lobby was very helpful! Wish we stayed a another day and were able to take advantage of the Milk & Honey brunch! We had a great time and the hotel was great!"

Reviewed on Jul 29, 2021

Courtyard by Marriott Washington Downtown/Convention Center
The Westin Washington, D.C. City Center
The Westin Washington, D.C. City Center
4 out of 5
1400 M Street, NW, Washington, DC
The price is $169 per night from Aug 1 to Aug 1
Located in Downtown Washington D.C., this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Lafayette Square, White House, and Walter E. Washington Convention Center. CityCenterDC ...
4.2/5Excellent! (938 reviews)

Reviewed on Jul 26, 2021

The Westin Washington, D.C. City Center
Washington Plaza
Washington Plaza
4 out of 5
10 Thomas Circle NW, Washington, DC
The price is $109 per night from Aug 29 to Aug 29
Located in Downtown Washington D.C., this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Lafayette Square, Walter E. Washington Convention Center, and White House. CityCenterDC ...
4.3/5Excellent! (2,168 reviews)
"Washington Plaza is located in the heart of the sea the hotel was clean the pool was very nice the service was very friendly and polite"

Reviewed on Jul 29, 2021

Washington Plaza
Grand Hyatt Washington
Grand Hyatt Washington
4 out of 5
1000 H Street NW, Washington, DC
The price is $152 per night from Aug 14 to Aug 14
Located in Downtown Washington D.C., this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of CityCenterDC and Ford's Theater. White House and Walter E. Washington Convention ...
4.4/5Excellent! (1,711 reviews)
"Everything was great. Except for a swimming pool. Kids a little disappointed."

Reviewed on Jul 29, 2021

Grand Hyatt Washington
Marriott Marquis Washington, DC
Marriott Marquis Washington, DC
4 out of 5
901 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington, DC
The price is $157 per night from Aug 13 to Aug 13
Located in Downtown Washington D.C., this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Walter E. Washington Convention Center, CityCenterDC, and Smithsonian American ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (974 reviews)
"It is close to many interesting and free things experience. Valet parking and not having to deal with DC parking was a very good thing. The burgers at the bar were tasty and the Bar Keep was a lot of fun. He made an excellent martini."

Reviewed on Jul 27, 2021

Marriott Marquis Washington, DC
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